Today, the additional tickets are
available until 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Center West at Seventh
and Monroe streets. On Saturday and Sunday, tickets will be
distributed at the information booth on the northeast quadrant of
the Old State Capitol grounds at Washington and Sixth streets from 1
to 4 p.m.
Dedication shuttle service:
There will be no parking near the presidential museum on dedication
day. A free dedication shuttle bus system will run from the state
fairgrounds beginning at 7 a.m. on dedication morning and continuing
until 7 p.m. Everyone planning to attend the dedication should plan
to arrive early and use this free service. Only those people holding
a ticket to the event will be allowed on the shuttle from the
The dedication will begin at 10 a.m.
Tuesday with a concert featuring music by the 312th Army Band,
followed by the official ceremony at 11 a.m.
Security procedures will be enhanced
for the protection of all participants and guests. Metal detectors
may be used and all bags are subject to search. Backpacks and other
luggage are prohibited. Please allow enough time for standard
A full schedule of the official
dedication celebration events is below:
Schedule of events
Scholarly conference "Lincoln in the Twenty-First Century,"
all day, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library -- A two-day
conference will examine everything from Lincoln's attitude toward
race and his domestic life to his wartime leadership and
assassination. The conference will conclude at 3:30 p.m. on Monday
with a panel hosted by C-SPAN's Brian Lamb and featuring three
generations of the world's foremost Lincoln scholars: David
Herbert Donald, Harold Holzer, Matthew Pinsker and David Gergen.
(This conference is sold out.)
of Looking for Lincoln block party,
10 a.m.-9 p.m.
of Culinary Court, 10
Interfaith service of thanksgiving for the life of Abraham Lincoln,
2 p.m., Union Square Park. In case of rainout, the service will be
at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.
Recreation of Lincoln's Farewell Address, followed by a torchlight
parade, 6:30 p.m., Old
Train Depot to Union Square Park and the presidential museum.
Outdoor concert, fireworks and
laser spectacular, 8 p.m.,
Union Square Park, with musical accompaniment by the 312th Army
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10 a.m. outdoor band concert by the 312th Army Band followed by
the official dedication ceremony at 11 a.m., Union Square Park --
Gov. Blagojevich and other prominent figures will speak at this
hour-long event signaling the official opening of the museum.
Additionally, the winner of a student essay contest sponsored by
the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and C-SPAN
will read his or her modern-day version of the Gettysburg Address
to the crowd.
7:30 a.m., Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library -- This breakfast
will feature an outlook to the year 2009 and progress reports from
the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. (This event is sold
of scholarly conference "Lincoln in the Twenty-First Century,"
all day, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. (This conference is
Re-created Lincoln White House
state dinner, 6:30 p.m.,
Renaissance Hotel for cocktail hour and event registration. The
dinner has been moved to the Prairie Capital Convention Center in
Springfield. -- This fundraiser for the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library Foundation will feature a Lincoln-era menu
and 19th-century music courtesy of the 312th Army Band. The first
David Herbert Donald Prize for excellence in Lincoln studies will
be presented to its namesake, the author of the definitive
one-volume Lincoln biography. Tickets are $500 per person and
benefit the foundation.
The museum's grand opening will
follow the dedication, giving the public the opportunity to
experience firsthand the museum's 40,000-square-foot area of
permanent exhibits -- twice the size of any other presidential
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will be open to the public
on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission will be
charged. The museum will reopen on April 19 immediately following
the dedication at no charge.
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum news release]